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Grammy® Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a young boy, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson along with neighbor David Marks and High School friend Alan Jardine. On November 17, Love released a special double album through BMG entitled Unleash the Love. Featuring 13 previously unreleased songs and 14 re-recordings of Beach Boys classics, the album is a testament and continuation of Love’s remarkable career. The new tracks on the album range from rock, gospel, R&B and pop and celebrate Love’s connection to the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his journey to find personal love and peace. In addition to the collection of Mike Love original songs, Unleash The Love features new versions of classic hits such as “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “Good Vibrations,” recorded by members of The Beach Boys touring band. On October 10th 2016, the hit “Good Vibrations,” which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of rock and roll, celebrated its 50th anniversary. In honor of this prolific time in the life of the Beach Boys, Mike released his highly-anticipated memoir titled GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy, in September 2016— the book was published by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) and quickly made its way to the New York Times Best Seller list. Mike and the band commemorated the anniversary with a 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour. In 2017, The Beach Boys embarked on the Wild Honey World Tour, performing over 170 shows across the U.S. and Europe. The Beach Boys continue to tour today with an impressive list of dates planned for 2018. In the fall of 1961, Mike wrote the lyrics and melody to The Beach Boys' first song, "Surfin'," in collaboration with cousin Brian, and subsequently “Surfin' Safari” and “409,” which led to the signing of the band by Capitol Records. Following the song’s debut, Mike and Brian went on to co-author numerous hits, including eleven Top 10 singles in the first five years of the band. Hit after hit, Mike created many of the concepts, and wrote or co-wrote the lyrics and hooks to several of the most performed songs in pop music history including "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "Surfin' Safari," "Help Me Rhonda," "Do It Again," "Kokomo,” “Surfin' USA” and the incomparable "California Girls," which was Bruce Johnston’s debut track as a member of The Beach Boys. For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys, taking the sounds of America's band to every corner of the globe. His distinctive and iconic vocal range is synonymous with fast-paced rock 'n' roll tracks, as well as many of the band’s softer ballads. Mike’s vocal versatility is central to many of the bands signature hits including: "Surfin' U.S.A.," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Be True to Your School," "Little Saint Nick," "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "That's Not Me,” and “Wouldn't It Be Nice” from the Pet Sounds album. Beyond his unique persona and sound as the lead singer, Mike's dynamic bass vocals provided the foundation of the group and anchored the legendary Beach Boys harmonies. Love’s voice is a style of its own. He combines his steady bass/baritone with a whimsical intonation— indicative of the ultra-cool, self-confidence and innocence of the early 1960s. In December of 1967, The Beach Boys were invited to Paris to perform at a benefit for UNICEF. The curtain opened to a very distinguished front row including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, George Harrison and John Lennon. At Maharishi's invitation, Mike, along with Carl, Alan and Dennis were initiated into the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Mike was profoundly affected by the first meditation experience, stating, "If enough people were to practice TM, the world would be a better place." He continues to practice TM today and supports organizations such as the David Lynch Foundation, which promote the vast benefits of Transcendental Meditation. In 1985, Mike Love had an idea to perform two shows to celebrate July 4th: The Beach Boys would play Philadelphia during the day and the Washington D.C. Mall later that evening. This resulted in record breaking attendance— with The Beach Boys performing live for over 1.5 million people in a single day. In 1988, Mike and the other members of The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, Mike co-wrote the #1 hit "Kokomo," with John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, and producer Terry Melcher. This was 22 year